Good News Announcements

  • Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments of our scholars, staff, and the community at school board meetings.

    We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.

Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements

  • Good News Nov. 8

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 11/9/2022 10:00:00 AM

    Congratulations to the Thomas Jefferson High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams for winning the North Puget Sound League (NPSL) 3A League Championship. This is the first time Thomas Jefferson has had both teams win the NPSL Championship since 2004.

    Individually, Nicolas Nava Roman won the All-City Meet Championship. 

    Thomas Jefferson High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Team

    Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School Girls Golf team for placing third in the North Puget Sound League (NPSL) 3A Fall Golf Tournament as a team.

    Their placement has qualified the team for a spot in the West Central District Spring Tournament.

    Additionally, Thomas Jefferson High School’s Lyla Yesiltepe also won the NPSL 3A League Golf Tournament as an individual. She is the top-scoring golfer for the NPSL Regular Season.

    Thomas Jefferson High School Girls Golf Team

    Congratulations to 23 scholars who received the Seal of Biliteracy this summer!

    The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to high levels of proficiency in English. 

    23 Scholars Received Seal of Biliteracy


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  • Good News Oct. 25, 2022

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 10/26/2022

    Congratulations Jasmine Heo, from Thomas Jefferson High School, who has been named as a semifinalist in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    Jasmine has met and surpassed the requirements to be considered a semifinalist with very high PSAT and SAT scores, an outstanding academic record, and was endorsed and recommended by a high school official. Additionally, she is one of our top seniors in the full International Baccalaureate diploma program and is an amazing writer.

    Keep up the great work! 

    Jasmine Heo Semifinalist in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program image

    Congratulations to the 2022-23 Scholar Representatives to the board: Ngan Doan and Olivia Goodwin.

    In Federal Way Public Schools, incorporating student voices is central to informing the work of serving each of our close to 21,000 student-scholars.

    Students from the Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent team presented a recommendation and outlined the application and selection process for Scholar Representatives to the Board.

    The purpose of scholar representatives’ participation at board meetings is to provide valuable input on school district operations.

    2022-23 Scholar Representatives to the Board image

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  • Good News Oct. 11, 2022

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 10/12/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Congratulations to the FWPS Transportation team! The Washington State Patrol completed its annual inspection of the Federal Way Public Schools’ buses, and our district has been recognized for outstanding results! 

    Keep up the great work! We are #FWPSProud of you all. 

    FWPS Transportation

    Congratulations to our scholars for participating in the goat show and winning awards at the recent Washington State Fair. Three Decatur High School scholars are part of the Future Farmers of America. 

    Scholars cleaned, groomed and prepared the animals for the fair. They answered questions about the species they worked with to demonstrate their knowledge, and they demonstrated proper handling of their animals. 

    FWPS Scholars Washington State Fair Goat Show

    Congratulations to Todd Beamer High School scholar, Jazel Tiquia for being awarded a Collegiate Scholarship to bowl for Ottawa University in Kansas. 

    Along with Jazel’s impeccable academic accolades with a 3.925 GPA, 4 AP classes completed, and serving in the National Honor Society, Key Club, the Principal Scholar Advisory Board and Scholar Advisory Board for the Superintendent, she also placed in district championships, state championships, and other bowling tournaments. 

    Jazel received high placements throughout her high school career, including a first-place finish in the Washington Youth Bowlers Tour Swissmas Team Tournament as well as being announced Rookie of the Year for the Juniors Bowlers Tour and MVP for the North Puget Sound League.

     Jazel Tiquia Bowling Scholarship image

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  • Good News Sept. 27, 2022

    Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 9/28/2022 2:11:00 PM

    Congratulations to the 43 Thomas Jefferson High School Math Team scholars who attended the 50th annual Mu Alpha Theta National Math Convention in Alexandria, VA. High-achieving students from all over the country participated in this convention. Thomas Jefferson has a long-running streak of placing in the top 10 schools nationally, and this trend continued this year.

    Thomas Jefferson placed 6th overall among all schools in the Sweepstakes competition. Individually, Nash Heo became a National Champion in Theta Applications.

    TJHA Math 1

    TJHS Math 2

    TJHS Math 3

    Congratulations to all our scholars on their high individual placements! We are #FWPSProud of you all!

    Congratulations to Aaron Nelson on finishing in the top five of the Western Washington Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (WWJATC) Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Bootcamp and earning direct entry into the King County WWJATC apprenticeship program!

    Aaron Nelson Pre Apprenticeship

    Congratulations Aaron, we are #FWPSProud of your incredible accomplishment!

    Congratulations to our Federal Way Public Schools theater groups who were recognized at the annual state wide 5th Avenue Theatre Awards competition! 

    Congratulations to our Thomas Jefferson High School scholars on their musical, WorkingThey have been selected as the recipient award for Outstanding Work by Students in Direction.
    TJHS Theater 1
    TJHS Theater 2
    TJHS Theater 3
    Thomas Jefferson High School Scholar Maximus Sing also earned a Special Honors in Student Achievement.
    Congratulations to our Decatur High School scholars on their musical, Godspell. They have been selected as the recipient award for Outstanding Work by Students in Music Direction.
    What an incredible time it is to be doing theatre. We are #FWPSProud of all our scholars of this amazing accomplishment. Way to go.

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